Hello 2020 SFM Runner –
We have all been watching as the COVID-19 global pandemic continues to evolve and affect every aspect of our lives right now. In order to prevent the spread of the illness and to not overwhelm the healthcare system around the world, governments have taken a wide array of measures including limiting large scale events.
The City and County of San Francisco has led the charge and helped flatten the curve, yet there is still more to be done and the health and safety of our participants, staff and volunteers is always our first priority. Following further discussions with the City and County of San Francisco, we have made the decision to reschedule the San Francisco Marathon to November 15, 2020. We are grateful for the support of the City and County for their flexibility and assistance in selecting this new date to ensure our runners can still enjoy this iconic City event. We are working to implement new race day safety measures that we will share over the coming months.
All existing 2020 registrations will be automatically moved to the new date, November 15th. If you are planning to participate in the NEW date, you do not need to make any further changes.
If November 15th does not work for you, these are your options:
You have until June 1st to choose your alternative option. Choose your option here.
If you did not receive the above in an email, first check your spam folder. If you don’t find the email there, you have most likely unsubscribed from our email list. Please email us at email@example.com so we can get you added back to our list.
Refunds will not be offered. One of the reasons we cannot offer a refund is because of the substantial costs we incur producing the event well in advance of the actual marathon. These costs increase when we are forced to move the event to a new date. The San Francisco Marathon has a cap on the number of runners and is a sellout event. When we allow runners to defer we lose substantial revenue because we only receive revenue for one year of registration that actually takes up two spots (i.e., 2020 and 2021). The deferral fee helps cover your registration for 2 separate years. The deferral fee is the only way we can offer the deferral and keep holding our race. Also, we did explore canceling the event altogether and allowing all runners to defer at no cost, however, our insurance provider is refusing to cover any Covid-19 related cancellations.
We incur costs for our runners early in the year, the deferral fee helps to cover that cost in the deferral year.
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Gift with registration/Referral – you will be able to pick up a comparable gift at the Expo of the year you defer to.
Loyal items – we will pause your loyal status for 2020 and restart it the year you deferred to. For example, if 2020 was going to be your 5 year loyal with us but you defer to 2022, in 2022 you will be considered 5 year loyal.
Our no-refund policy is in place because your entry fee supports the costs associated with producing the event, which are incurred in the weeks and months leading up to the race. Many of these costs have already been incurred for the original race date.
We have extended the deadline to raise the funds, you now have until August 1st.
In regard to training, we have reworked the training schedule with a new start date of June 27th and 28th, we are hopeful that we will be allowed to meet in groups again by this time. With this new start date, it will take us to 20 weeks out from race weekend. All 26 and 18-week trainees are invited to jump in and restart at this time, 12 and 8-week trainees will start 12 and 8 weeks out from the new date. We are reworking the schedule and will share this with you guys by the middle of May.
Here are your options:
Yes, just email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org. You must make this change by August 1st. You will be charged the difference in the virtual versus the in person registration price. If you want to change distances as well, our $15 change fee will be charged as well.
If you made your reservation directly with our partner hotel, no cancellation fee will be charged. Please contact your hotel to cancel or move your dates.
Half It All Challenge and 52 Club can only be completed by running the SF Marathon on November 15. If you defer to 2021 or 2022 OR register to run 2020 virtually you can finish the challenge in 2021. If you never registered for 2020, then you would have to restart the challenge the next year that you run.
Double Up Challenge – if you move your registration to virtual, we will honor your DUC registration. Your Saturday 5k shirt, Sunday distance shirt and all 3 medals will be shipped to you. Upgrading to DUC cannot be done after moving to virtual and we do not offer a virtual DUC.
The SFM/BHM Challenge can be completed by running both races in person in 2020.
Time Travel Challenge will be paused for 2020.
If you live in a country where you are not allowed to travel to the USA please email us at email@example.com.
We are working closely with local, state and federal health officials to determine new best practices for mass gatherings. New health and safety procedures for participants, volunteers, staff and spectators alike will be shared in the months ahead.
To confirm your registration, check your status on our registration look-up. Please allow 24 hours after registering for your confirmation to appear in the results.CHECK STATUS
Updates to your registration, including updating your estimated finish time, etc., can be made by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org by or before September 1st, 2020. Updates after this date must be made at the Solutions Table at the Expo.